Kara Gordon

Returnings

A letter to the people going at 100 miles an hour, perspectives on the less glamorous parts of life that are on our minds. Subscribe here.

From Stardust to Stardust

There’s a meteor shower. I’m above the clouds and part of the atmosphere, so there are dozens. Tiny meteors streak across the sky, lighting up in flames for a brief second before they are vaporized in the atmosphere. I am in awe.

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So if you’re from Asia, why are you white?

Even a teammate in high school, a child of Chinese immigrants, would insist that I was not really Asian. I balked. I remember the day my parents became naturalized. So if I wasn’t Asian what were they? What was I? I told her: we’re from the Philippines. That’s in Asia. I’m Asian. That doesn’t count, she said.

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The Things We Hold Onto

I hold onto things. I hold onto scraps of paper that I drew a nice, well-balanced 4 or g or capital R on. There are ticket stubs that don’t have my name on them tucked away in a drawer; photos and a painting from someone who is no longer in my life, hidden in my closet.

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Reaching In

It belongs to me. I am in it. I already know I will get out. And through this low, I have known that I am worthy of love and that I am loved. Today, yesterday, this week: it’s more than enough to keep me afloat. But that’s not always the case. Often, it’s not about self-worth but rather, today just hurts too much.

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The Regulars

It’s a place for slow weekends, not blurry 48-hour visits, which is how my trips to the Midwest seem to go. But the weekend was too much, too fast, and I needed to both cure my hangover and slow down. So we went to get coffee.

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A little comic relief

Comedic Timing features women both in front of and behind the camera. The cast stars women of diverse ages and backgrounds, was created and written by female writers and is dedicated to hiring an inclusive crew. Supporting this series is supporting women in comedy!

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What is your body telling you?

Listen to your body. I hear these words in a tone of exasperation, always in my mother's voice, real or imagined. I roll my eyes, but my mother’s intuition can be frightening in its accuracy. She knows that the body has told me all I need to know about myself. Growing up, I could hear it, but I prided myself in ignoring it. I paid for it dearly.

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